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Sunday, 22 April 2012

Farewell, London Philatex!

London's Philatex stamp and cover show closed its doors yesterday for the last time. The Royal Horticultural Society has sold the Hall in which, for many years, it has been held. The organisers (Helen Davis, Kate Pulleston, Chris Rainey) have no immediate plans to re-open it elsewhere.

Held twice a year over three days each time, it was the first show at which I took a Stand, sometime back in the 1990s. At one point, I had two Stands: my regular booth and an adjoining booth, flying the name easystamps where everything was sold at £5 an item. It didn't last long: I couldn't get the volume of trade required to make it profitable.

London's second pair of stamp shows, Stampex, held in north London will obviously benefit from Philatex's closure - dealers who only traded at Philatex will no doubt try migrating to Stampex.

Others will investigate joining London's Strand Stamp Fair, held just a kilometre or so away from London St Pancras International terminal and less than that from London Euston.

This is where you can find me most months - it is my only London shop.

For details of dates and location, go to www.stampshows.net

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